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The Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Renegades both lost their previous games and will now play each other for the second time in BBL 08. The BBL League table is packed right now and only one win separates the second placed team from the last team.
Both the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Renegades have won four out of their eight matches in this season of the Big Bash League. It looks like we can expect a close game between two evenly matches sides, at least looking at the statistics. We don’t quite agree and think that the Sydney Sixers will go into this match as clear favorites and easily the stronger team.
The Sydney Sixers lost their previous match to the Perth Scorchers but they played very well. Each one of their batsmen got a start and helped contribute to the team’s eventual total. This is something that will be of great help to them moving forward.
Daniel Hughes, James Vince, and Moises Henriques all played well without getting to a fifty. That is not a big concern and one of these batsmen is going to get a huge score very soon. We also like how Jack Edwards played after making a comeback into the side.
Jack Edwards is one of the most talented batsmen in Australia right now but his first couple of BBL experiences were not so great. In this previous match, though, he was timing the ball well and looked much more at ease.
Jordan Silk had a rare failure but Josh Phillipe and Tom Curran once again provided the boost at the end of the inning. Overall, the Sydney Sixers batting performed really well and is definitely looking stronger than the Melbourne Renegades.
The bowling had an off night as it came up against two very good batsmen in form. Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner took the game away from the Sydney Sixers and did not really give them a chance. None of the Sydney Sixers bowlers was able to make an impact.
Their bowling lineup is still pretty strong, though. Ben Dwarshius, Steve O’Keefe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbot, and Ben Manenti are all excellent bowers. Even Moises Henriques bowled a couple of overs in the last match, which has to be an encouraging sign.
This bowling lineup is going to play against one of the weakest batting units in the BBL so we are not too worried about one match.
Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, J Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O'Keefe, B Dwarshuis, Benjamin Manenti.
The Melbourne Renegades suffered a massive defeat against Brisbane Heat in their previous match. They ended up losing by 101 runs, a margin which is huge even in a fifty over match. There was nothing that went right for the Melbourne Renegades.
Their first ran into a powerful batting lineup and had to chase down a huge total. They then lost wickets in a heap and completely lost the plot.
The Melbourne Renegades must remind themselves that this previous match was an aberration. They beat the Hobart Hurricanes and the Brisbane Heat last week. They are also right in the mix of things with four wins in BBL 08.
The problem for the Melbourne Renegades has been their batting. Aaron Finch is going to continue to be unavailable until the Australian ODI’s are going on and Cameron White is also not getting any game time. Is it possible to keep making White sit out when the batting stocks are so low? We don’t think so.
A top order of Harvey, Harper, and Harris does not inspire too much confidence. Marcus Harris has had international success but his recent T20 form has not been that great.
With the lack of runs increasing the pressure, Cameron White is going to be playing this next match if he is fit.
Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, and Jack Wildermuth made up the middle/lower order in the previous match. Out of these players, Daniel Christian is the one that we would send up the order because he has been striking the ball quite nicely.
Mohammad Nabi played a good inning at the start of the Big Bash but has since slipped into some poor form. The batting is not looking very encouraging for the Melbourne Renegades.
Joe Mennie had a very bad game as he gave away 46 runs in his three overs while the other bowlers struggled as well. Daniel Christian took two wickets for 24 runs in his four overs and was the standout. The addition of Harry Gurney to the side did not have the impact that the Renegades would have hoped for.
Marcus Harris, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, CL White, TLW Cooper, Mohammad Nabi, DT Christian, JD Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, KW Richardson, Harry Gurney.
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The BBL 08 match between the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Renegades is going to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The weather is expected to nice and sunny on match day with no interruptions likely.
The pitch at the SCG was quite good for batting in the international played there between Australia and India, even though it was a little on the slower side. We think a score of around 160 could be difficult to chase down.
The Sydney Sixers definitely appears to be the stronger side heading into this match. The Melbourne Renegades have a weak and unreliable batting lineup. The Sixers also have a better bowling unit to call upon.
Back the Sydney Sixers to win.
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